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Ancelotti: “We fought hard and everyone gave all that they could"

NEWS | 18/04/2015 | Javier García

“Our aim is to keep La Liga alive for as long as possible", added the Italian.
Carlo Ancelotti gave a press conference to assess the game against Málaga in which the Whites got three points to stay in the fight for la Liga: "It was a positive game, it wasn't negative even if we had two problems with Bale and Modric. The game was positive because the side won despite lots of difficulties, injuries, a missed penalty...We fought, everyone really gave everything they could and worked well".

James, Isco and Kroos
"They played well. James was the best, he gave a lot of quality to the side. Isco did not have such a great first half but then he played very well in the second half. What I most liked is that the players fought and gave everything they had, that is what we needed this match".

Benzema's condition
“I think that he is going to play. His injury problem is improving. We have four days left and the chance to have him back fit."

Bale and Modric
“Modric had a problem with his knee, and Bale had an issue with his calf muscle. We are going to evaluate both players over the coming days. They are not completely ruled out for Wednesday. We have to do tests and then we will make a decision".

On Wednesday we are going to do everything we can to go through.

“My optimism is not over whether they play or not, it is about the fact that we have a great opportunity to play in our stadium and we will give our best with Bale or without Bale. We are going to do everything we can to reach the semi-finals".

The Marcelo substitution
“Coentrão is the most suitable. Today was not a match to give him minutes, we preferred to train him. He is the first choice for Wednesday but we can use Arbeloa or Nacho. Today he did resistance work, tomorrow he will do strengthening work, speed work on Monday and on Tuesday he will join the group".

Will La Liga be decided on the final day?
“I hope so, that would mean that La Liga is alive. Our aim is to keep it alive for as long as possible. Both sides have difficult games. At the moment both sides are playing for a lot, and that means that every game is difficult. Barcelona have an advantage. We have to try and win all our games to force them to also win".

The fans
“Today the fans were with the team. When we suffered we did so together and when we enjoyed ourselves, so too did the fans with the team's play". 

“Everyone has their own opinion. In my opinion, the refereeing was normal. The decisions taken were normal, especially the one about the penalty that was very clear".